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Harry Truman 1949 Presidential Inauguration

Harry Truman's 1949 Inauguration

Harry Truman's 1949 Inauguration

Washington, DC
Sunday, January 20, 2013

This is Universal Newsreel footage of President Harry Truman's inaugural ceremony on January 20, 1949. Thenewsreel features highlights of President Truman's only inauguration ceremony. He became president in 1945 after the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt. He was elected In 1948, defeating Thomas Dewey in a race many thought he wouldn't win.

Updated: Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 2:05pm (ET)

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